Open Wire Lab

Electronic Kits

Creative Spark

Learn about technology in a way that fuses fun and creativity. That’s the philosophy behind the DIY electronic building kits from Open Wire Lab (aka OWL).

Each kit teaches basic electronics in an approachable way, then sparks individual ideas about how the technology can be used. OWL asks kids to use their imagination to
integrate their self-built electronics into other projects, whether an art piece, costume, or anything else they can dream up.

OWL founder Balam Soto came to the U.S. from Guatemala, where he was already an award winning artist. He started learning about technology and was fascinated. Soon, his art featured scientific components.

All OWL kits are designed to blend technology and creativity, inspired by Soto’s own work. Building a functional piece of electronics is just the beginning. After that, there’s no limit to the ingenuity.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Balam

    Hi, I'm Balam. At Open Wire Lab, we create accessible kits for you to wire your own sensors and electronics. OWL was started because I wanted to do something creative but also utilize technology to create new ideas and encourage the development of new perspectives. As an artist, creativity comes first. Applying that creativity to something as static as technology is my way of helping to advance society.

  • Fawn
    10/6/2014 1:03 PM

    what age group are these kits recommended for?

  • Balam
    Balam – Special Guest
    10/6/2014 1:12 PM

    @Fawn Hi Fawn 9 to 99 (and beyond)

    Our kits are easy and fun to assemble. However, this kit requires the use of a soldering iron so we strongly advise adult supervision during assembly

  • Toni
    10/6/2014 1:50 PM

    I have a 13 year old I would like to buy this for. What kind of other tools will he need for assembly, and is he old enough?

  • Balam
    Balam – Special Guest
    10/6/2014 1:53 PM

    @Toni You will need a soldering Iron , wire cutters and wire strippers

  • Mike
    10/6/2014 5:45 PM

    @Balam Wire strippers are for new people. Practice with a wire cutter

  • David
    10/6/2014 2:11 PM


    The definition of static is: lacking in movement, action, or change, especially in a way viewed as undesirable or uninteresting.

    Is that how you view present day technology?


  • Balam
    Balam – Special Guest
    10/6/2014 2:14 PM

    @David I see tech as evolving; I approach as a tool / source /supplies for creativity

  • Aimee
    10/6/2014 9:59 PM

    Is this compatible with arduino, or just limited to the specific purpose designated?

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    10/7/2014 9:47 AM

    Hi Aimee,

    Good question. The kits aren't designed for this specifically, but if you are familiar with Arduino and how it works, you could integrate them in this way.

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